Phil Mogg Says UFO’s Upcoming 50th Anniversary Tour Will Be His Last

Phil Mogg has revealed that UFO’s 2019 50th anniversary tour will be his last. The group will be heading out on one “final tour of the UK and will also play some shows in selected other cities that the band has a strong connection with.”

The following message was posted on UFO’s Facebook:

Phil Mogg has confirmed that next year’s 50th anniversary tour with UFO will be his last as the frontman of the long-running hard rock band. Consequently, it seems almost certain that at that point they will cease to exist. UFO were formed in London in 1969 and Mogg is their only ever-present member, performing on all of the group’s 22 studio albums.

“This decision has been a long time coming, I’ve considered stepping down at the end of UFO’s previous two tours,” Mogg explains. “I don’t want to call this a farewell tour as I hate that word, but next year’s gigs will represent my final tap-dancing appearances with the band.

“2019 marks UFO’s 50th anniversary, so the timing feels right,” he continues. “There will be a final tour of the UK and we will also play some shows in selected other cities that the band has a strong connection with. But outside of the UK this won’t be a long tour. Being out on the road isn’t always tremendously luxurious and although the playing is as great as it ever was, the stuff that surrounds it becomes very tiresome. I always told myself that when I reached that stage I would step down, and that’s what I’m going to do. This is the right time for me to quit.”

Mogg turned 70 back in April and although his voice remains strong, he admits that age played its part in his conclusion.

“I’m a big reader of obituaries, and my finger always goes down to: ‘I wonder how old they were…’,” he chuckles. “The last few years have been tough, losing Lemmy was awful and I was sad that Jimmy Bain passed on a cruise ship. That distressed me quite a lot.”

While many veteran bands in such a position simply cease playing live and continue to record, UFO will no longer be releasing new music. Last year’s covers collection ‘The Salentino Cuts’ is set to become a signing-off point, though Mogg insists that however unlikely the prospect might seem – the singer is a lone strand of consistency throughout a 50-year history – he would have no problem with UFO continuing with a replacement.

The band’s current line-up – completed by keyboard player/second guitarist Paul Raymond, guitarist Vinnie Moore, drummer Andy Parker and bassist Rob De Luca – have of course been informed of Mogg’s decision.

“I’ve told the guys that this is how it is,” he says. “They know it’s my time to go and they know that they can do whatever they want to do without me but I don’t want to play live or make records anymore, though having said that I might go on and do an album of my own. I’ll have to see how I feel about that.”

Of course UFO have either split up, retired or gone on hiatus several times before but Mogg is keen to make the distinction that next year’s dates don’t just mark the end of his touring commitments with UFO – for Phil, there will be no further concerts of any kind.

“For me, this is the end of my stint with UFO,” he clarifies. “This is a line in the sand. I’m suggesting we call the tour ‘Last Orders’, though I also like ‘The Bar Is Closing’. I’m also tempted to name it ‘The Drinks Are On Parker’,” he chuckles, referring to long-suffering sticksman Andy Parker.

You’ll have gathered that Mogg is not about to slash his wrists anytime soon. Of course he is sad that the finishing line is now within sight but has had sufficient time to live with and process such a massive personal decision.

“Maybe the best word to use is ‘bittersweet’,” he concludes. “But my time has arrived and all that remains is to make sure that we have a good tour.”

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Dew-Scented Call It Quits

Dew-Scented have announced that they will be calling it quits after one last round of summer shows. You can find a statement from the band, along with their final dates below.

Dew-Scented’s statement:

“DEW-SCENTED are no more!

All good things must come to an end…

And it’s now been 26 (!) intense years of sacrifices for the thrash metal cause for us. Despite numerous setbacks, DEW-SCENTED never split up or even stopped for any significant amount of time. We were always blessed with great opportunities and a strong will to soldier onwards.

All in all, we have had an amazing ride with this music we love and not only played countless great shows across the globe, but released ten (!) albums and most importantly, we made tons of life-long friendships along the way because of the band.

But it’s time to realize that we won’t be able to forge ahead much further because DEW-SCENTED just won’t work without complete and constant dedication. And giving such a full-time commitment simply isn’t possible anymore because of how life otherwise evolved throughout the years.

Having acknowledged that fact, we feel it’s best to wrap the band up in a proper way, with a purely positive feeling. To go on our own terms and with the best possible “conceptual end” (like the song on “Issue VI“, haha!), instead of leaving our destiny to chance or someone else’s actions.

DEW-SCENTED will therefore perform a last run of shows in the coming months and then have a very last special show in the group’s hometown Walsrode in Northern Germany on Saturday, October 6th, 2018 to celebrate the band’s legacy in style one last time.

Who knows, maybe we still manage to add some more last minute date(s) for the rest of the summer, but after October 6th, there will be no more frontline activities for DEW-SCENTED, no planned concerts and no further recordings.

We would like to thank everyone who has encountered, enjoyed or supported DEW-SCENTED at some point and in some way throughout the years. Basically to all of you reading this here!

Professionally, we would like to thank our record company Metal Blade as well as our previous partners at Prosthetic, Nuclear Blast, Grind Syndicate, Steamhammer/SPV and all their affiliated licensing associates for releasing and promoting our music.

Also thanks and cheers to all our former members or session players, our buddies in other bands, media outlets, publishing partners, booking agents and the local promoters who got involved with us in some capacity.

We will hopefully continue seeing you around in one way or another again!

Don’t forget that the music is out there and will forever remain available for all of us, especially if we keep supporting the scene and the young, talented bands out there!

And to end as we started, with another proverb: all’s well that ends well.

DEW-SCENTED
(1992 – 2018)”

Tour Dates:

06/23 Protzen, GER – Protzen Open Air
08/24 Nucknitz/Bautzen, GER – Nukstock Open Air
08/25 Wiernsheim, GER – Riedler Open Air
10/05 Paderborn, GER – Metal Inferno Festival
10/06 Walsrode, GER – JZ Mittendrin

Here’s Some Footage & The Setlist From The First Date Of Slayer’s Farewell Tour

Slayer officially kicked off their farewell tour at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California last night (May 10). You can see some footage, along with the setlist from the show below. Photos are also available over at sandiegouniontribune.com.

Setlist:

01. Repentless
02. Blood Red
03. Disciple
04. Mandatory Suicide
05. Hate Worldwide
06. War Ensemble
07. Jihad
08. When The Stillness Comes
09. Postmortem
10. Black Magic
11. Payback
12. Seasons In The Abyss
13. Dittohead
14. Dead Skin Mask
15. Hell Awaits

Encore:

16. South Of Heaven
17. Raining Blood
18. Chemical Warfare
19. Angel Of Death

[via Blabbermouth]

Slayer Announce Farewell European/UK Tour With Lamb Of God, Anthrax & Obituary

Slayer have officially announced the European/UK leg of their farewell tour. Lamb Of God, Anthrax and Obituary will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

11/01 Dublin, IRE – 3Arena
11/03 London, UK – Wembley Arena
11/05 Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena
11/07 Birmingham, UK – Birmingham BCA
11/09 Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
11/10 Newcastle, UK – Metro Radio Arena
11/12 Glasgow, UK – The Hydro SSE
11/14 Dortmund, GER – Westfalenhalle
11/15 Zwolle, NET – IJsselhal
11/17 Madrid, SPA – Palacio Vistalegre
11/18 Barcelona, SPA – St. Jordi
11/20 Milan, ITA – Mediolanum Forum
11/21 Zurich, SWI – Halle 622
11/23 Vienna, AUT – Stadthalle
11/24 Freiburg, GER – SICK ARENA
11/26 Hamburg, GER – Barclaycard Arena
11/27 Lodz, POL – Atlas Arena
11/29 Munich, GER Olympiahalle
11/30 Erfurt, GER – Messehalle
12/02 Berlin, GER – Mercedes-Benz Arena
12/03 Copenhagen, DEN – Royal Arena
12/05 Stockholm, SWE – Hovet
12/06 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
12/08 Helsinki, FIN – Helsingin Jäähalli

The North American dates for Slayer’s farewell tour can be found HERE.

Slayer Add Second Leg To Final North American Tour

Slayer have added a second leg to their final North American tour. Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Testament, and Napalm Death will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

07/26 Gilford, NH – Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion
07/27 Bangor, ME – Waterfront Pavilion (‘Impact Festival‘)
07/29 Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach
07/31 Scranton, PA – Montage Mountain
08/01 Albany, NY – Times Union Center
08/03 Darien Lake, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
08/04 Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater
08/06 London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
08/07 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
08/09 St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/10 Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre
08/12 Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium
08/13 Rogers, AR – Wal-mart AMP
08/15 San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
08/16 Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre
08/18 Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
08/19 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
08/21 Boise, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
08/23 Portland, OR – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
08/26 San Jose, CA – SAP Center

Dates for the first leg can be found HERE.

Darkness Divided Premiere New Song “World You Burn”

Darkness Divided have premiered a new song titled “World You Burn.” This track is from their farewell EP “The End Of It All,“ which will be released on March 9.

You can also catch the band on their final tour with Charcoal Tongue:

03/29 Corpus Christi, TX – Boozers Rock Bar
03/30 Dallas, TX – The Prophet Bar
03/31 Lake Charles, LA – Centerstage
04/02 Statesville, NC – The Upper Room
04/03 Dayton, OH – Rockstar Pro Arena
04/05 Burnsville, MN – The Garage
04/06 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
04/07 Nashville, TN – Rocketown
04/08 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
04/09 Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
04/10 Midwest City, OK – The Dojo
04/11 Albuquerque, NM – The Jam Spot
04/12 Abilene, TX – Homer’s
04/13 Laredo, TX – Second Chance Music
04/14 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
05/11 Houston, TX – Satellite Bar (no Charcoal Tongue)
05/12 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger (no Charcoal Tongue)

[via New Noise Magazine]

Ozzy Osbourne On His Final World Tour: “I’m Not Retiring”

Ozzy Osbourne just announced the dates for his final world tour earlier today, but that doesn’t mean the singer will be hanging it up for good. In new interview with Rolling Stone, he confirmed that he still plans to play shows, just not full tours for months on end. Osbourne said the following

“I’m not retiring It’s ‘No More Tours’, so I’m just not doing world tours anymore. I’m still going to be doing gigs, but I’m not going on tour for six months at a time anymore. I’d like to spend some time at home.”

He also said he wants to “slow it down a little” so he can be there for his family. “I enjoy being a grandfather,” said Osbourne. “I don’t want to go through another generation of Osbournes without seeing them grow up.”

After the trek, he may record a new album, which he says he has “eight or nine good song ideas” for. He also added:

“It’s what I do. It’s my job. And when I say, ‘It’s my job,’ I mean it’s a passion for me. It’s the greatest love affair I ever had, being in a rock band and playing for the people who come to the shows.”

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